(Japan 1955– )
85.0 x 85.0cm image; 100.0 x 96.0cm sheet
Sakohata wants to plant seeds of dreams in his heart, so that flowers will blossom and he can pursue his dreams forever.
Colour and light play a crucial role in Sakohata's work. In this print the light pulsates from a hidden source, the origin of life. The phenomena of growth and energy are captured in the expanding petals of what would appear to be a lotus, the most revered of blossoms, symbolic of the purity of the Buddhist doctrine. The iconic structure, mystical light and colours, and geometric forms create a visionary abstract reality that induces an expansion of consciousness. The image is an updated version of a yantra, the tantric diagram of prescribed shapes that are used as aids for concentration to elicit spiritual awareness.
Tantric art and its symbolism was a source of inspiration for many Western Abstract Expressionists, for example Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. Symbolic tantric forms include the square (symbol of order) and the oval (symbol of the cosmic egg). In its composition and mystical space this image undeniably has the resonance of a tantric style schematic diagram of the universe.
Sakohata was born in Hiroshima and now lives in Osaka where he had studied at the Osaka University of Fine Arts.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 85.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 82 (colour illus.), 85. cat. no. 50
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.